A solemn meeting was held in Baikonur city to mark the 60th anniversary of the first human space-flight, which was attended by Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin, Head of the State Corporation “Roscosmos” Dmitry Rogozin, Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry Bagdat Mussin, Deputy Administrator of NASA Kenneth Bowersox, Cosmonaut Toktar Aubakirov, Deputy of the Senate of the Parliament of the RoK Talgat Musabayev and others.
In his address to the meeting attendees, Cosmonaut-Senator Talgat Musabayev stressed that the pioneer of Kazakhstan’s space is the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy, under whose decree the National Space Agency was created. The deputy also said that the human space flight is an event of worldwide significance. Therefore, it is especially important that it happened on the Kazakhstan land.
“We, the people of Kazakhstan, take special pride and responsibility for the successful work of Baikonur and for the development of space projects for the betterment of all mankind. Kazakhstan is going its own, challenging way of outer space exploration. Our nation has made a huge step in the development of a high-tech and knowledge-intensive sector of the economy - the space industry,” Talgat Musabayev said.
The senator told that at present our country has already put into operation two systems of orbital groups of Kazakhstan’s spacecraft. Such specialized enterprises as the National Center for Space Research and Technology, Kazakh-Russian enterprise “Baiterek” and others were established. According to the senator, however, the industry also has some problems. Talgat Musabayev pointed out that now there is a high risk of losing highly-skilled professionals. He holds that the previously built system of the space industry management and, in particular, the system of recruitment and appointment of staff, has already begun to break down.
“I would like to mention once again the prime factor for the successful operation of the space industry. It’s people, specialists. Nothing would have been possible without my colleagues, team-mates, who have gone through all the difficulties of creating Kazakhstan’s space industry together, as well as scientists and young specialists aspiring to space,” Talgat Musabayev said.
(Press Office of the Senate, 74-72-27)